Mother's Day is every day


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My mom used to say that Mother’s Day is every day. The routine, care, worries, tasks and responsibilities of a mother are part of each day and never go away. No matter the age of the child, mothers will always have a role to play in their children’s lives.

That applies to Mother Earth as well, the mother who carries us all, the one we should look after by helping conserve its resources and preserve the basic gifts of clean water and air that we received.  

In Brevard, we are lucky to have many organizations doing that for us. Since our natural treasures are numerous, our way of living has been putting extra strain on Mother Earth. Other mechanisms are being created to protect her.

One of those is being promoted by the newly formed Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Florida Space Coast chapter. According to the organization’s national website — citizensclimatelobby.org — Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a “nonprofit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.” Its purpose is to empower individuals and arm them with tools to be effective with government so government will work together with us to build a livable world.

With climate change upon us, CCL offers an alternative that bridges the partisan divide: implement a carbon fee and dividend solution that is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 52 percent below 1990 levels within 20 years while growing the economy and saving lives. CCL’s website explains a lot, but the local chapter is on Facebook and will be holding meetings at noon on the second Saturday of each month. For meeting location or more information, email spacecoast@citizensclimatelobby.org.

Another mechanism is getting the state of Florida to pass protective constitutional amendments, like the ones that promote renewable/clean energy. 

On Aug. 30 of this year, Constitutional Amendment 4 will be on the primary election ballot. That is a good amendment and we should be for Amendment 4. On Nov. 8, however, an amendment baked by major power companies will be on the Florida ballot and that is Amendment 1. On the November amendment we should say “No” because that amendment claims to support a free-market principle, but they are taking an anti-free-market position by siding with monopolies to stop competition from solar, argues Debbie Dooley, a Tea Party activist.

On a local scale, we at 3Rs and Beyond looked at a simple mechanism to help reduce waste and pollution in our community. This year, we created a Green Event Certification to recognize events for promoting the 3Rs and sustainability, and are making strides towards a waste-and-pollution-free culture. We are happy that our first pre-certified event was to celebrate Earth Day when the city of Palm Bay received our seal of Green Event Certified for its April 23 event at Goode Park.  Congratulations to the city and its community which is incredibly fortunate to have such caring leadership.

In the end, my mother was right: Mother’s Day is every day and we should not only celebrate their unconditional love once a year, we should show them respect and appreciation every single day because, as Jane Goodall reminds us, “you cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."